Thursday, March 18, 2010

Cookie Monster

As a child I just LOVED watching Sesame Street. That and Reading Rainbow were my absolute favorites as a young child. As I got older I progressed to other masterpieces like DuckTales, DarkWing Duck and others that were part of the after school line up. Back to the good old street. My favorite character was and always will be Cookie Monster. I loved everything about him, the fact that he was blue, his googly eyes and of course his love for cookies!!! I have only recently started watching shows on television with my daughter and Sesame Street is one of them. I find that on the newer episodes Cookie Monster is not nearly as common...or so it seems. I guess this is because Elmo has become the new favorite and probably because moms across America didn't like a puppet conveying the message "eat tons of cookies!" Perhaps he should be eating celery??? I like it when they show some of the original episodes. Lo and behold they recently played my favorite song every...I Lost My Cookie at the Disco!!!!!! I have attached the video so you can be reminded of your youth and how awesome Cookie Monster is!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring is Coming

Since Easter is coming I decided to take Violet out back and take some pictures of her in her new tutu for an Easter card to send to friends and family. The pictures turned out pretty cute especially since it was so cloudy. I also find it almost scary how much she looks just like me. Some of my friends and family even joke that she is my "mini me." It is true that I was hoping to only have boys but she is showing me how much fun it is to have a little girl to dress up and play with. The morning this picture was shot she had found her hair ties on the floor and she brought them over to me and held out her hair on the side. She does not talk yet but I knew what she wanted and pigtails she got. Sooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also in the background is my loveable pooch that would not stop making me throw the frisbee and she would not get out of the pictures. Silly pooch. I still got some great shots without Princess Peach in the background.

CSN Review

I was recently introduced to CSN stores. They literally have thousands of quality items across their sites. CSN is a Boston based online retailer that has grown to become one of the top 3 online US retailers of home and office goods with over 200 online stores. Some of their stores include,,, and more!

Some of my favorite items are their super cute toddler beds!
What child wouldn't want to sleep in one of these cute beds.


To top it all off all of the prices are super reasonable.

They offered me the chance to do a product review of one of their great children's toys and I jumped at the chance. My daughter's favorite time of the day is bath time so I decided to choose a new bath toy for her. It was so hard to choose just one thing because they had such a wide variety of stuff you can't find at your local toy store. I chose the octo-sorter bath toy.

She had a great time trying out her new toy.
It never hurts that it was slightly educational and lately she just loves to sort shapes.

She would also work intently on it with her tongue sticking out which is what she does a lot lately. I personally think it is a cute little tongue.

It worked exactly as described and was colorful and lots of fun for my daughter. Her favorite part was the one tentacle that could squirt water. She just loves to splash around.

A huge thank you to
CSN for allowing us to review one of their bath toys.

I would definitely recommend the company to anyone with online shopping needs....which is almost everyone.

Edited to add: After using it a couple more nights I discovered the numbers are out of order. They go 1,2,4,3,5. I do not know if it was a mistake with mine or if it is manufactured that way. Since the toy is also educational I would see this as a drawback to buying it.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Mom of the Year I am NOT

So for the last few weeks Violet will wake up from a nap or in the middle of the night (no she is not sleeping through the night) and just scream bloody babe-let murder screams and there is nothing I have found that I can do to help her until she screams through it. Not everyday but probably every third day. I could not for the life of me figure out what was wrong with her. She has never been a good sleeper so her sleep patterns have never been "normal" to me. The other day I decided to feel around in her mouth to see if she was getting any new teeth since she had not gotten a new one since Thanksgiving. She has been living with the basic 8 for months. Well lo and behold she had 2 new teeth (not in order but scattered but this is normal for her). She also has a HUGE mound where a molar is coming through. All I could think is DUH MOMMY.....WHAT GOOD AM I????????? Of course she has been crying she has been teething like crazy. She woke up from her afternoon nap screaming and this time I notice her putting both her hands in her mouth while screaming. Poor thing was in pain. After a dose of Motrin things were back to normal. Just goes to show myself that I can read all the books and blogs in the world but I can still miss the obvious. I feel awful but I bought her some stuff from BabySteals to make up for it. And the Easter bunny is going to need a wheelbarrow to tote all the goodies she is getting.

Monday, March 1, 2010

CSN Websites

With my daughter turning 16 months and the fact that she is a climber I have recently begun my search of toddler beds.. I have looked in stores but the selection is so incredibly limited. That is when someone showed me all the toddler beds available through CSN stores. WOW, the selection is amazing and the beds are super cute too. The only hard part is trying to pick out just one.

They also have so many different websites that there is literally something for everyone. The main CSN store has a wide array of stuff for children but my favorite website of theirs would have to be Toys and Games Online. They have a extensive selection of toys from baby up through the teen years. Heck I even want to play with most the stuff on their site.

Not into toys? That's cool too because they have tons more websites to choose from. There is the ever popular barstools website...with you guessed it everything barstool related! Mailboxes more your style? They have a website for that too. Check out their list of websites and look around. Go ahead browsing is free.

You can literally get lost on their website for hours. I know I was.

UPDATE: I lied my favorite of their websites has to be all the stuff they have for water sports! My friends and family are avid wakeboarders and tubers. That website has more tubes and water toy accessories than I have ever seen. They even have trainer skis for the little ones. I hope little Violet grows up with the love of water like we do.

Be on the lookout for a great product review courtesy of CSN coming soon!